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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode thirty one

“Fifteen assignments a day”

When I joined British Movietone News, for a second time, in early 1961, the work was quite leisurely, by 1963, however, there was far more workload as a result of many more clients, that took some getting used to.

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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode thirty

“The Beatles come home”

On February 22nd 1964, the Beatles returned from their famous tour of the United States, I assigned the crews at Heathrow that day. This week’s podcast tells of getting permission to use the Beatles’ music on the story for Movietone.

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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode twenty one

“The evacuation of Tristan Da Cuhna”

In October 1961 the inhabitants of Tristan da Canha were forced to evacuate the island, at the time I was Assignments Manager at British Movietone News and we met the evacuees when they arrived in Southampton in November. This week’s podcast recalls the circumstances of the filming of the evacuees and editing a film of Tristan Da Cuhna. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode eighteen

“Returning to Movietone 1961”

This week’s podcast recalls my return to England and soon after, British Movietone News in March 1961 after my time in Australia with GTV9 and ABV2 in Melbourne. Before an offer of work from Movietone I looked at the BBC and had an interesting offer to do the sound dubbing on a feature film, more of that in the podcast. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode seventeen

“Film editing: Finishing School”

This week’s podcast recalls moving on from Movietone and learning the nuts and bolts of film editing in preparation. Read more

Giving a Lecture on film techniques 1960

On Wednesday 30th November, 1960, I gave a lecture to the Institute of Motion Picture Technicians in the preview theatre at Ripponlea.  The subject was “Films For Television” and I made a point of talking about multi-camera techniques (and the editing thereof). At the time I was Supervising Film Editor at ABV2 in Melbourne.

The main benefit of two-camera coverage of an interview is that it tends to put the person to be interviewed at ease.  In most cases, people are not used to speaking in front of a camera and, quite often, will freeze as soon as the camera is turned on. Read more

From guest contributor Derek Evans: Visnews Part 1

In 1971 I received a telephone call from Fred Tucker Head of Film at Southern Television asking me to contact Peter Marshall, News Editor at Visnews as it may be of interest. After several interviews I was appointed Chief Film Editor – News Division. My responsibilities included the management of a team of film editors working on a shift basis, day and night, seven days a week and for the professional standards of cutting room output. It was to be a challenging and rewarding period working in a changing environment for nearly twenty years. Read more

Thoughts about moving on – 1955

I had worked at Movietonews since 1945 and, by 1955, I was well schooled in the technique of motion pictures.  I had sat through miles of “rushes” and seen them edited. I had seen the rushes of almost four thousand news stories.  As time went on, I became more and more critical of the Movietonews “cutters”. Read more

ABV2 Film Department – A Centre of Excellence 1958

While researching articles for this website, I read an account, on the internet, of the early period at the ABC at Ripponlea. The article was written by an Australian film maker, John B. Murray.  In his article The Naked Bunyip Essay about Australian filmmaking he refers to the early 1960s and making the tv series Alcheringa with Frank and Betty Few, in 1962.   In the article he states, “There was no film department as such at Ripponlea, except that which facilitated the gathering of news”. Read more

The Sound of Silence

Until 1959, ABV2 at Ripponlea did not have a complete Dubbing Theatre.  Major Productions emanating from Melbourne would have to be taken to Sydney for re-recording.

Eventually, the fully fitted theatre was installed.  It had all we wanted.  Rock and Roll magnetic film recording with multiple tracks.  It was the latest thing. Read more